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NYC Outward Bound Schools can help you build a stronger school community as we transition back to in-person learning.


Now that we are headed toward the return to in-person learning, there exists a tremendous opportunity to rebuild school communities in an even more equitable and engaging way, with a special emphasis on healing and moving forward together. Our community-building experts at NYC Outward Bound Schools can assist your school in:

  • Helping new students who have never met their classmates or teachers in person foster a sense of belonging in their school community
  • Rebuilding relationships with disengaged students or staff
  • Creating spaces for social-emotional growth and healing post-pandemic
  • Fostering strong communities where students’ identities are affirmed and valued
  • Designing and implementing community-building activities and rituals
  • Supplementing existing advisory programs with best practices and support for educators returning to the classroom

Partner With Us

If you are interested in working with us in a community-building capacity or want to learn more about our programming, we invite you to reach out. Pricing varies depending on group size and program type.

Community-building programs:

Single-Session Community-Building Programs

We offer 1-day targeted community-building sessions for staff and students. These programs each dig deeper into areas like community-building, collaboration or leadership.

During these single-session workshops, NYC Outward Bound Schools staff facilitate a series of physically distanced in-person community-building activities for students or staff. These sessions give participants the chance to reconnect with one another and strengthen their communication and collaboration skills with SEL-oriented activities.

School Coaching

Improve a specific aspect of your teaching practice and/or school culture with one-on-one or small group coaching. We offer coaching in three high-impact, scalable Select Strategies for Schools:

  • Crew: Crew is an advisory structure that supports social-emotional growth, and builds character and academic skills through a combination of team building, student-centered academic support and conflict resolution. Crew is a space where students can discuss how local and global issues are affecting their own lives and build trusting relationships with peers so they feel comfortable sharing and reflecting on personal experiences.
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL): PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by exploring authentic, engaging, and complex questions, problems or challenges.
  • Student-Engaged Assessment: Student-engaged assessment helps students understand and take ownership of their own growth as learners, and may involve, for instance, student-led conferences in lieu of traditional parent-teacher conferences.

How it Works: A strategic planning meeting is held to determine the goals and scope of the partnership work. Coaching work might include observation and feedback cycles, curricular support, small group facilitation of professional learning, providing curated learning tools (best practices, protocols, rubrics, planning documents, etc.), and more.

Questions? Reach out to learn more:

Jessica Bardy
Director of Business Development
(718) 706-9900 x130
[email protected]

The group of students I work with has definitely grown much closer. It was nice to see them slowly come out of their shells, and we can thank the great NYC Outward Bound instructors for that. They really got the students engaged, and we’re even borrowing some of their strategies going forward, as they were so effective!”


12th Grade Peer Mentor, Leaders High School

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